How can I get my dad to say he loves me?

Armin Brott
Start by talking to your dad (or write him a letter if you think that would be easier). Tell him how much it would mean to you to hear him say that he loves you. He may be genuinely surprised when he realizes that, in all those years, he never said the words. Or, if he’s still under the influence of the old mores that kept him from being as affectionate as you wish he would have been (and, I’ll bet, as he would like to have been), he may just mumble a quick “of course I love you, honey,” clear his throat, and revert to his old self.

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